Roast Peach and Parma Ham Salad with Creamy Mozzarella

Another salad? Already? And by Jamie Oliver again?

Yep. This one is especially good at this time of the year, with fresh local peaches available. The combination of the sweet roasted peaches, salty Parma ham, creamy mozzarella cheese and peppery arugula (rocket) is irresistible to me. I ate this three nights in a row this week!

Start with the peaches.

Peaches.

Peaches.

Halve the peaches, take out the stones and place them in a baking dish.

Peaches, halved and pitted.

Peaches, halved and pitted.

Pour some olive oil over and bake them.

Drizzled with oil.

Drizzled with oil.

That’s the hardest part taken care of. Get the rest of the ingredients.

There’s a large ball of fresh mozzarella.

Fresh mozzarella.

Fresh mozzarella.

And thin slices of Parma ham.

Thin slices of Parma ham.

Thin slices of Parma ham.

Here are the greens.

Baby arugula mix.

Baby arugula mix.

Peaches are almost ready, still time to make the dressing.

Get a lemon.

Lemon, ready for juicing.

Lemon, ready for juicing.

Add olive oil to the lemon juice.

Adding the olive oil (in a whatfoodimade action shot™!).

Adding the olive oil (in a whatfoodimade action shot™!).

Get the salt and pepper in there too. Shake all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.

Salt and pepper in the mix.

Salt and pepper in the mix.

Peaches are roasted. Contrary to the recipe, I slice them into smaller pieces.

Roasted peaches, sliced.

Roasted peaches, sliced.

Ready to build the salad. First layer is the arugula.

First layer: arugula.

First layer: arugula.

Followed by the roasted peaches.

Add the roasted peaches.

Add the roasted peaches.

Then add the mozzarella.

Pieces of creamy mozzarella are next.

Pieces of creamy mozzarella are next.

End with the Parma ham.

Rip strips of the Parma ham for the next layer.

Rip strips of the Parma ham for the next layer.

Add the salad dressing.

Pour the dressing over the top.

Pour the dressing over the top.

And dig in.

Roast Peach and Parma Ham Salad with Creamy Mozzarella.

Roast Peach and Parma Ham Salad with Creamy Mozzarella.

Roast Peach and Parma Ham Salad with Creamy Mozzarella.

I think Jamie Oliver’s recipe is describing cooking the peaches in an outdoor wood oven. Unless you have one, use the inside electric oven like I did. The recipe is here:
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/roast-peach-parma-ham-salad/#Iu6G9KyP2occDFsu.97

Roast Peach and Parma Ham Salad with Creamy Mozzarella

6 peaches
extra virgin olive oil
2 X 125 g balls of buffalo mozzarella
12 slices of Parma ham
1 lemon
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
100 g rocket
a few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves picked

Fire up the oven an hour or so before you’re ready to cook. When the temperature has reached between 180°C and 200°C (check with your thermometer) and the smoke and flames have died down, you can start cooking. Always keep an eye on the fire and top up the heat source, if needed.

Halve and de-stone the peaches, then lie them cut-side up in a snug-fitting roasting tray. Drizzle with oil, slide into the hot oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until charred and sticky. Keep an eye on them and rotate the tray for even cooking.

Place two peach halves on each serving plate. Pop a small chunk of mozzarella and a slice of Parma ham over each one. Squeeze the lemon juice into a jam jar and add three times as much oil, season with salt and pepper and shake well. Place the rocket and mint leaves in a bowl, drizzle with the dressing, then scatter the leaves over the peaches. Serve straight away.

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